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Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

Hands-on time 45 mins
Total time 8 hrs
Yield

Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

A nutty dark beer adds richness and depth to the stew. Be careful not to choose a beer that's super-hoppy; it will taste too bitter. To get 2 pounds of trimmed meat, you'll probably need to purchase a 2 1/2-pound roast.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds trimmed boneless chuck roast, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 3 medium yellow onions, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 (12-ounce) nut brown ale
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted beef stock (such as Swanson), divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby Dutch potatoes, halved
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 386
  • fat 17.9 g
  • satfat 5.9 g
  • monofat 8.3 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 25.1 g
  • carbohydrate 28.3 g
  • fiber 3.5 g
  • cholesterol 86 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 509 mg
  • calcium 48 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of beef to pan; cook 6 minutes, turning until well browned on all sides. Remove beef from pan. Repeat procedure with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining beef; remove beef and any juices from pan.

  2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onions and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Add beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup stock, remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a simmer. Carefully pour mixture into a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Add beef, potatoes, carrots, thyme, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours.

  3. Combine remaining 1/4 cup stock and flour, stirring with a whisk. Stir flour mixture into stew; cook 15 minutes or until thickened. Stir in mustard and vinegar. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Sprinkle with parsley.